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Probe committee head slams varsity inaction

mumbai Updated: Feb 19, 2011 01:38 IST
Dharmendra Jore
Dharmendra Jore
Hindustan Times
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A retired high court judge, who headed a three-member committee that nailed a senior officer for forging important documents in the recruitment process of the Nagpur University, is aghast at university’s inaction.

Justice GG Lone, who headed the probe panel, told the Hindustan Times from Amravati, that he found that former senior university officer Ashok Manchalwar had been forging job reservation manuals since 1999.

He had concluded in his inquiry report that a criminal case be filed against Manchalwar, but he is amazed at how the authorities chose not to act on his recommendations and let the culprits go scot-free. “Manchalwar admitted to the criminal act and also signed a statement, which is part of the probe report. I don’t know what has stopped the university from initiating police action,” he said.

Justice Lone had submitted his report to the vice-chancellor (VC) of the Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University VS Sapkal on January 6 after a 14-month probe. Other members of the committee were former-VC of Aurangabad University KP Sonawane and former Pune University official NM Kadam.

Lone said, “I did my job in the best possible way. My report has tremendous evidential value that the police could use in their investigations,” adding, “It’s high time we found others involved in this recruitment scam. The police can do this and then file a chargesheet in the court.”

The Lone committee was appointed after the Hindustan Times exposed the scam in July 2009.

The scam denied jobs to eligible candidates from reserved categories while making illegal appointments. According to senior university official, who did not wish to be identified, more than 500 illegal appointments were made in the past decade. “The salaries being paid to these staffers run into more than Rs300 crore,” he said.

Sapkal was unreachable, but the secretary (higher and technical education) Mahesh Pathak, said he would ask Sapkal about the report and subsequent action taken.